Curator: Naim Abu
As a DJ first I always and must find new ways to excite people in front of me on the dance floor. In a recent Elektronik Beats article about Berghain resident Roi Perez he told the reporter that he likes to let the record play, not even using the loop functions on the CDJ’s. I’m quite the opposite. I work the EQs, cue juggle, loop the tracks in odd time signature and layer three decks at a time.
I tried to emulate this as audibly as possible in the mix that I made. It’s full of quick and long mixes, B side bangers (Tessela – Helter Skelter), Work – Masters at Work vocals or obscure 100bpm EBM that i recently found by accident while after watching a random video on YouTube.
I find that the scene has been engulfed by people who think that a DJ should produce music to grow, yet both field of expertise aren’t easy to master. To quote Roi Perez in that same aforementioned article; “There is the saying that a good DJ isn’t necessarily a good producer, and vice versa. Even if it is a bit of a cliché, I subscribe to it.”
With time, I will master my craft. Playing at home or in front of thousands of people. Never stop learning, never taking no for an answer and never. stop. trying.
See you on the dance floor.